“Then the Lord God appointed a plant, and it grew up to provide shade over Jonah’s head to ease his discomfort. Jonah was greatly pleased with the plant. When dawn came the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, and it withered. As the sun was rising, God appointed a scorching east wind. The sun beat down so much on Jonah’s head that he almost fainted, and he wanted to die. He said, “It’s better for me to die than to live.” Then God asked Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant? ” “Yes,” he replied. “It is right. I’m angry enough to die! ” So the Lord said, “You cared about the plant, which you did not labor over and did not grow. It appeared in a night and perished in a night. Should I not care about the great city of Nineveh, which has more than 120,000 people who cannot distinguish between their right and their left, as well as many animals? ””

Jonah 4:6-11 HCSB


I’m not sure what to make of Jonah, the man. He runs from God because he does not want to preach repentance to the people of Nineveh, but finally relents after a terrible storm that almost swamped his entire ship. Then he sees that God accepts their repentance and becomes angry. Then the Lord shows him mercy by sending him a plant, but then destroys the plant, and he becomes angry again. It seems that he doesn’t get that God cares for all people, and wants them to do what is right. If we see our wrongs and turn from them, He is faithful to forgive us, just as he did the people of Nineveh.

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